Monthly Archives: July 2014

Russell Baugher on being forcibly committed to a psychiatric ward at 15

The teen was not psychotic, but the antipsychotics were Deeply shocking and distressing account by Russell of his experiences as a teenager. This happened in the US. We have heard similar accounts from the UK – nor can we comfort ourselves … Continue reading

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Barrowford Primary School on what really matters

Click on the link to go to this lovely post on Facebook – a letter that Barrowford Primary School sent to its Year 6 pupils. In the context of ever-more-onerous and unhelpful standardized testing of ever-younger children, this shows that … Continue reading

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Creating our Realities: James Hillman

‘The way we imagine our lives is the way we are going to go on living our lives.’ James Hillman Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter    

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Robin Korth: My Naked Truth

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robin-korth/sex-over-50_b_5563576.html We like Robin’s conception of beauty as arising in a person’s whole and unique being. The culturally embedded model – objectifying human beings as collections of more, or less, desirable body parts, reduced in value by age or weight … Continue reading

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4 Ways Parents Teach Kids that Consent Doesn’t Matter: Parenting Gently with Paige

Thank you (once again) to Monica Cassani and her site http://www.beyondmeds.com for posting this. A really useful short film about 4 basic changes we can all make to ways of parenting that are culturally common, but which can make it … Continue reading

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SLS · Colloquia · A Model Consent Form for Psychiatric Drug Treatment: David Cohen & David Jacobs

http://laingsociety.org/colloquia/polofdiagnosis/modelconsent.htm This is a powerful document, first written in 1991 and regularly updated, making its points with facts and a touch of irony. Clients who come to us are often taking or thinking of taking prescription psychiatric drugs. We seldom … Continue reading

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Diane Ackerman: A Natural History of the Senses

”We like to think that we are finely evolved creatures, in suit-and-tie or pantyhose-and-chemise, who live many millennia and mental detours away from the cave, but that’s not something our bodies are convinced of. We may have the luxury of … Continue reading

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